Today's Herald has a story about Kapiti teenagers prostituting themselves for drugs:
Senior Constable Mike Tahere said police on the Kapiti Coast had come across about five school-leavers who told them they had performed sexual acts with dealers in exchange for methamphetamine, or "P".
"These are young girls who've been introduced to P by dealers. They've told us, 'You know, we do favours', to fund their habit."
The girls had not broken the law by prostituting themselves because they were 16, Mr Tahere said.
No person may receive commercial sexual services from a person under 18 years of age.
There will be all sorts of barriers to prosecution - chiefly, the reluctance of witnesses to get on the stand and testify against their suppliers - but the possibility is there. Drug dealers may want to be just a little bit more careful about exploiting teenagers in future...